POST TIME: 9 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Walsh urges young pacers to follow Mashrafe
He doesn’t think the youngsters have lack of hunger
Sports Reporter

Walsh urges young pacers to follow Mashrafe

Bangladesh’s fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh speaks at a press conference at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday ahead of team’s departure for UAE today to play in the ACC Asia Cup. BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh’s fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh urged the young pacers to increase the hunger to perform in the top level by following the footsteps of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza who despite his injury concern performs consistently to make him still a threatening object for the opponents.

When the legendary fast bowler asked the young pacers, who were being criticised for not contributing much for the team cause, to follow the suit of Mashrafe, he also advocates for them, saying that the team management should not give up hopes on them so quickly.

“Mashrafe’s experience and skill set is too high than other. He is always a good fast bowler. Probably he could play Test cricket still unless he was injured,” the Caribbean legend said yesterday.

“I think he tried more than he could do. This is the hunger what we talk about. The young pacer should have this hunger. We can be behind the scene and do our work but the bowlers should do their job on the ground. Mash has always seen his performance as his self-respect; this is where he is different from others. He makes his hunger visible, he wants to perform consistently, he wants to do well and do fight.”

Walsh’s praise on Mashrafe’s work ethics made sense actually. Since taking the responsibility of captaincy in 2014, Mashrafe remains the highest wicket-taker of the side, claiming 71 from 51 matches which were five wickets more than Shakib Al Hasan who played 53 matches at this period.

The former West Indian fast bowler who had 519 Test wickets under his belt however still didn’t undermine the effort of the young pacers who have recently found them in hot water after not performing consistently. Walsh rather was sympathetic towards them as he understood they need more times to flourish in the international level.

“Unfortunately we didn’t play Test cricket quite much. In this age, you also don’t get enough four-day matches. Still I think there were some improvements. We have got some quality fast bowlers,” he opined.

“But unfortunately we didn’t make quite some impact in West Indies, the way we should do. I am still hopeful that everything will be okay in the future.”

Walsh refused to admit that the young pacers had lack of hunger the way it was portrayed, rather he pointed out the lack of opportunity which he thought the barrier of nursing youngsters.

“I won’t tell that they haven’t had the hunger. I will rather say that they didn’t get enough opportunity to play. They should get enough opportunity. They shouldn’t be dropped after playing one or two matches,” he clarified.

“There will be ups and downs in the performance always. But when someone can’t perform we are used to give up hopes on them. But that is not the right process. We should give them the time to fix the issues.”

When there was talk that the young players aren’t keen too much to concentrate on cricket Walsh differed with it, saying that the young players are eager to learn and make impact.

“The players whom I have seen are keen to learn. They are eager to perform. So they should be given chance.”